Sheridan’s musical Come From Away headed to Broadway
The musical Come From Away – developed and produced by Sheridan’s Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP) – is slated to make its Broadway debut in the spring of 2017. Junkyard Dogs Productions announced that it will stage the musical at Ford’s Theatre in Washington as part of their 2016-2017 season from September 2 to October 9, 2016, and will play for local audiences in Toronto as part of Mirvish Theatre’s 2016-2017 Subscription Series from November 15, 2016 to January 1, 2017. Irene Sankoff and David Hein, a couple from Toronto, wrote the musical which tells the story of the more than 6,000 passengers stranded in Gander, Newfoundland when flights were grounded after the September 11 attacks. The idea for Come From Away was first proposed to Sankoff and Hein by Sheridan’s Visual & Performing Arts associate dean Michael Rubinoff when the Canadian Music Theatre Project launched in 2011. Hein admitted that “The Canadian Music Theatre Project was invaluable to the development of our musical.”
Since 2013, Hein and Sankoff’s musical has been met with critical acclaim following successful runs in the West Coast, La Jolla Playhouse in California and in Seattle at the Repertory Theatre. The musical picked up six musical achievements at San Diego’s Craig Noel Awards, broke all box-office records at Seattle Rep, and ended up on many critics’ end-of-year lists in California and Washington.
The Canadian Music Theatre Project is Canada’s first incubator for the development of new musical theatre works by Canadian and international composers, lyricists and book-writers and serves to create a permanent headquarters for the development of new musicals. For more information read an article published by the New York Times.